A New Wave Of Pocketable Android PMPs Is About To Break…

Not strictly on topic, this, but as it fits the criteria of being both obscure and handheld and capable of playing games (if you can stand the lack of physical controls) then I’m going to crow bar it into this blog anyway. So there.

Chinese Android tablets are nothing new, but a Chinese Android ‘tablet’ that fits in your pocket with ease and is able to comfortably run the demands of Android 2.3 is thus far unheard of. Step in RockChip. Their RK2918 SoC is based on a Cortex A8 CPU running at 1.0 – 1.2 Ghz (This might be another marketing fib whereby the clock speed is added to the GPU clock speed, but who knows right?). It’s been implemented, coupled with up to 512MB of DDR3 RAM in a few 7″+ tablets in the past month or so and looks to be the first RockChip that can really run Android at an acceptable pace. RockChip have always had a decent implementation of Android available for their SoCs but ¬†lacklustre processors were always a bit of a hindrance. Until now…

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Gemei X760+ Now On Sale.

Whilst it’s been available on some native Chinese stores like taobao for a while, today it just cropped up on Lightake¬†for $83.99 with free shipping. If you’re thinking about it, then it’s perhaps worth reading this thread first as it outlines some of the good and bad sides of the thing. In short, it’s a …

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Ingenic Launch Their New SoC, The JZ4770. With 3D GFX Acceleration.

Ingenic have been hard at work by the looks of it, their website shows details of a new SoC released on Jun 4th – the JZ4770. This is at least 3 generations from the JZ4740 found in our beloved Dingoo A320, and this time promises OpenGL ES1.0 and 2.0 3D acceleration, coupled with an Xburst 1Ghz CPU, support for DDR2 memory and a bunch of other stuff that makes not a jot of sense to me. Read on to see what they have to say about it:

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Another Knockoff GBA To Add To The Pile.

I don’t know what it is with the GBA and grey market Chinese manufacturers, they just seem to love copying it in as many ways as they can. Maybe they love it as much as some of us do, I have some deeply nostalgic memories of my first generation GBA, and seeing strange reincarnations of it still cropping up 10 years later brings a happy smile to my face.

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Dingoo A380 Runs Linux After All…

If you listen carefully you should be able to hear the sound of me furiously chewing away on my hat. According to outsiderjohnson and Zear on the Dingoonity forums, the new Dingoo Technologies A380 is running Linux, and they have evidence to support it. Check this: So just for the hell of it, I downloaded …

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JXD M1000 In Action

This vid just cropped up on youtube a couple of days ago and it shows the M1000’s menu UI and a couple of games running. It’s not a particularly insightful demo, but it does show how KOF 98 and Metal Slug X run, and demonstrates the painfully long loading times of some games too. The …

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The 2011 Mega Drive Portable From Blaze.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past god knows how many years you’ll already know that Sega sold the rights to a lot of its hardware to other manufacturers when it gave up on the games console market. This means that 3rd party companies are now able to manufacture the Mega Drive (Genesis for you yanks) with the original Sega specification (i.e. not an emulation machine and not a reverse engineering attempt either).

Well one company named Blaze (www.blazeeurope.com) have been churning out handheld Mega Drives for a few years now and whilst I’ve always been tempted, the major drawback for me was that you are limited to the games that Blaze decide to preload onto the machine. In other words, you made do with the selection of games it came with and that’s it. Bummer.

Thankfully though, they’ve come to their senses and released a new model for 2011 with full SD card support for your own ROMs.

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